“The Whole World Still Watching”

Alderman Exhibitions

With this exhibition, cocurated by Dan Mills and Maureen Sherlock, the Randolph Street Gallery joined progressive groups around Chicago in commemorating the 20th anniversary of the demonstrations and police riots that took place during the 1968 Democratic convention. The exhibition—incorporating work by 25 artists ranging in age from 26 to 66—included “counter-monuments” specifically addressing the “counter-convention” of 1968, as well as works that testified more generally to diverse voices of political activism in current art practice. The work, by well-established and little-known artists, from Chicago and elsewhere, encompassed a wide variety of means, from folk art to street art to video, and was accompanied by a simple but well-put-together catalogue with reproductions and statements from all the artists. Unfortunately, the exhibition inadvertently recalled the sexism of the prefeminist

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